Welcome!

Wireless Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Avi Rosenthal, Yeshim Deniz

News Feed Item

Webxu Issues Shareholder Update Letter

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Webxu, Inc. (OTCBB: WBXU), a media company that owns and operates a network of consumer branded websites and businesses focused on Customer Acquisition, E-Commerce and Mobile Media, announced the issuance of a letter by CEO Keith Schaefer, to update shareholders on Company progress.

Dear Shareholder,

Since our last update to shareholders, we have a number of major milestones to report. I am pleased to say our management, employees, strategic partners and investors have all been very supportive in our continued pursuit of consistent growth both organically and through acquisition.

As we approach the end of the first quarter 2013, we remain steadfast in optimizing performance for our advertisers and partners. Moving past some of the challenges that faced both the market and our company in 2012, we are moving forward with our plan to scale the business and we have identified a number of suitable acquisitions, which we anticipate will substantially accelerate our growth. We are working closely with our financing partners, including Breakwater Investment Management, to facilitate these acquisitions.

Customer Acquisition

As we continue on in 2013, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Auto and Insurance verticals, which we are operating through our proprietary websites 24hourautoinsurancequote.com, 24hourcarquote.com and 24hourautoloan.com. We are excited about the partnerships we have developed in conjunction with these new consumer facing properties and as we continue to build out our 24hour brand, we believe we can evolve into an industry leader in these core verticals.

Acquisition Growth

Our industry still remains very fragmented and numerous, complementary acquisition opportunities continue to exist. We have identified a number of these opportunities that would enable us to expand our organic growth and we continue to pursue them.  In the 4th Quarter of 2012, we publicly announced we had entered into an agreement to acquire MediaTrust, a Los Angeles-based click advertising network. However, shortly thereafter, various contingencies remained unsatisfied, and we did not complete the acquisition. Our vision and growth strategy remain the same. We look forward to releasing new announcements regarding new acquisitions in development in the near future.

Mobile Strategy

We are continuing to integrate a measurable portion of our growth strategy in the mobile sector. We have recently added additional mobile publishers to our network and we continue to factor in mobile capability into our Customer Acquisition and E-Commerce development. Additionally, we have added mobile advertising and mobile technology platforms to our ongoing acquisition pipeline in development. This mobile integration not only fuels our existing performance, but also brings us new revenue opportunities as it gives our nationwide customers the ability to capture the rapidly growing mobile audience.

Strategic Partnerships

In Q1 2013, we established two core partnerships with Linkstorm and Holland Interactive, both to help execute on our organic Customer Acquisition strategy.

Linkstorm is a New York City-based advertising technology company that utilizes a next-generation hyper-linking system to enhance the conversion percentages of online marketing campaigns. Linkstorm's functionality enables us to achieve higher response to our Advertisers offers, thereby increasing the overall results of all our campaigns across all verticals.

Holland Interactive is a Customer Acquisition consulting firm that brings us key executive services from seasoned industry veterans Rory Holland and Scott Pannier.

Prior to founding Holland Interactive, Rory Holland co-founded BlueSky Marketing, a leading automotive marketing and finance company, and prior to BlueSky, he was the Chief Marketing Officer at Credit.com where he helped double the company's publisher and affiliate revenues in less than 18 months. Rory also co-founded Telling International, a brand licensing company that was acquired in 1998.

Prior to Holland Interactive, Scott Pannier held senior-level positions at Exponential, Motive Interactive, Nextag, Adteractive, and ValueClick. Scott has also performed consulting roles for SocialMedia.com, PMA Media Group, Tallac Media, and Healthcare.com. Scott has a deep understanding all the moving pieces that make up today's complex online media ecosystem, including a core expertise in the Financial Services, Education, and Insurance verticals.

Going Forward

As Advertisers continue to shift their budgets from traditional marketing channels to online advertising, they are now increasing that online spending further in the mobile sector. We are working diligently with the anticipation that 2013 will produce very positive results from our overall strategic plan to keep in line with industry trend. Our focus is on increasing shareholder value and we intend to be a growing force in this newly expanding sector.

Thank you for your support.

Keith E. Schaefer
CEO
Webxu, Inc.

About Webxu, Inc.
Webxu, Inc. (OTCBB: WBXU) is a media company that owns and operates a network of consumer branded websites and businesses focused on Customer Acquisition, E-Commerce and Mobile Media. Through its branded consumer websites, Webxu generates revenue by providing advertiser clients with targeted consumer traffic. Webxu is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. For more information about Webxu visit http://www.webxu.com.

Webxu Media Contact
Mike Roth
[email protected]

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This release and any attachments contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Federal securities laws, including Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of1934, that involve risks and uncertainties. Words such as "will," "believe," "intend," "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include the quotations from management in this press release, as well as any statements regarding the Company's anticipated financial results and strategic and operational plans. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to deliver an adequate rate of growth and manage such growth; the impact of changes in government regulation and industry standards; the Company's ability to maintain and increase the number of visitors to its websites; the Company's ability to identify and manage acquisitions; the impact of the current economic climate on the Company's business; the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified executives and employees; the Company's ability to compete effectively against others in the online marketing and media industry; the impact and costs of any failure by the Company to comply with government regulations and industry standards; and costs associated with defending intellectual property infringement and other claims. More information about potential factors that could affect the Company's business and financial results is contained in the Company's latest annual report. These forward looking statements are made as of today's date and, except as otherwise required by law, the Company does not intend and undertakes no duty to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

SOURCE Webxu, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
There's Big Data, then there's really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, discussed how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, it’s an Internet of many different things. The difference ...
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...
The 3rd International @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.